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Simone Elkeles

Genre: Contemporary Young Adult, Young Adult

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1. What kind of '80s teen were you? I was a total teen of the '80s. I graduated high school in 1988 and followed every fad. Yes, I did wear the fingerless gloves/10 rubber bracelets running up and down my arm and I wanted to be Madonna. In the Jane Fonda/Olivia Newton-John "Physical" phase I wore a sweatband on my forehead (for fashion -- not when I was working out). When Flashdance came out, I cut off the top of my sweatshirts so it could hang down one shoulder. What was I thinking?

I absolutely was a "valley girl." I think I know every word of that movie Valley Girl with Nicholas Cage, even though I lived in a suburb of Chicago. I still say words like "totally" and "grody" but resist the urge to wear blue (or purple) eye shadow. Does it show my age that I still wear liquid eyeliner?

2. If you could go back in time, what would adult Simone tell 15-year-old Simone? I'd tell the 15-year-old Simone to read more, because I was a reluctant reader who hated to read. I'd tell "me" I'm going to be an author one day so I better pay attention in English class instead of spending the entire class period passing notes to my friends.

3. Perfect Chemistry is about opposites who attract. Are you or have you ever been attracted to the total opposite of you? Going back down memory lane I can remember a bunch of times dating guys who were different. My first serious boyfriend was in pre-med in college and studied all the time. I was in high school and the last thing I wanted to do was watch him study on our dates instead of go out. That didn't work out too well.

Now my Israeli husband is the total opposite of me in so many ways, including culturally. I'm an American girl with red, white and blue blood running through my veins. But that's how we complement each other. He's neat/organized and I'm messy/scatterbrained. He's book smart and I'm street smart. He's antisocial and I'm a social butterfly. He likes to stay in and I like to go out. While I'm not going to lie and say our differences don't create friction, life is never dull with the two of us, and even though we're opposites in many ways, he's my best friend.

-- Elissa Petruzzi

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